Board of Trustees

John O’Dowd


John is a reconstructive spinal surgeon based in London and Hampshire. Most of his referral base is complex secondary and tertiary spinal problems. He is a recognised opinion leader and professional medical expert.

John is the Founder and Director of Education Worldwide of AO Spine Foundation based in Switzerland, the largest representative spinal organisation in the world with over 13,000 members. John has chaired and set up courses, lectured and organised educational networks worldwide.

In the business sector John has a passion for start-up businesses as a means to solving healthcare and healthcare technology problems. His business interests range across multidisciplinary rehabilitation through to medical practice management and pure information technology businesses.

Chris Lavy OBE


Chris Lavy is Professor of Orthopaedic and Tropical Surgery at the University of Oxford, England and also Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  He is a fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, and a trustee and council member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Chris was trained at University College London and St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, with further training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and in Oxford, Norwich, Bath, Paris, and Cape Town.

His first consultant post was at the Middlesex Hospital in London, but in 1996 he moved to Malawi to work with Christoffelblinden mission (CBM).  He has worked for over 12 years in Africa.  Chris had the vision for, and raised the funds for the Beit CURE orthopaedic hospitals in Malawi and Zambia, and is working on a sister hospital in Zimbabwe.

Chris is committed to surgical training and research in sub-Saharan Africa.  He was a founding council member of the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) in 1999, and continues this work with the COOL project (COSECSA Oxford Orthopaedic Link).  He is a commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.

Chris holds BSc, MBBS and MD degrees from the University of London, an MCh from the University of Liverpool, and fellowships in surgery from COSECSA and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.  He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2007 for services to international orthopaedics.

Chris Lavy’s profile on the NDORMS site

Rosemary Livingstone


Rosemary Livingstone is the founder of RL Floral Designs, a boutique, high-end floral design company in Central London. She recently founded RL Image Design – a company that combines her entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and her years of experience in personal branding.

Rosemary was born in Zimbabwe and her compassion for the poor and vulnerable is deeply rooted in her African roots and her Christian faith. Her heart for women, children and struggling families in rural Africa leads her to invest her life, time and resources into fruitful opportunities to uplift the needy.

Mervyn Thomas CMG


Mervyn is Chief Executive of CSW, a Christian Human Rights Advocacy organisation he founded 40 years ago. He has much international experience working with persecuted minorities in over 25 countries, and testifying in Parliament, EU, Washington DC and the UN. He also advises the Foreign Secretary as a member of his Human Rights Advisory Group.

Other governance roles include being Deputy Chairman of Christian charity CWR and a governor of Monkton Combe School in Bath.

In HM Queen’s 2019 New Year’s Honours list he was appointed as a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in recognition of his services to Human Rights and Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Louis Reid


Louis co-leads a design studio in London, bringing design thinking to product, brand and public services. With a background in UX design, web and application development, following his BSc in Mathematics (BSc) he went on to obtain his masters in Leadership at UCL. During his studies he completed his bachelor’s dissertation using Monte Carlo simulation in R, focusing on extending the Goldfeld-Quant test across parametric and non-parametric tests for equality of variance. His master’s dissertation involved qualitative research on the effectiveness of leadership development programmes in state school education in Mumbai, India.

He is also a qualified teacher and remains passionate about education, having completed the Teach First programme at two secondary schools in Inner West London. In addition, he has a background freelancing in photography, videography, 3D visualisation and brand identity. He is keenly interested and believes in the catalysing potential of business to drive positive social change.

Jheryl Cabey


Jheryl Cabey is a Manager in KPMG’s Climate Risk & Decarbonisation Strategy Team. He works with large corporate clients seeking to understand the emerging risks and opportunities generated by climate change and the transition to a net-zero economy.

Specialising in Financial Services, he supports clients in transforming their business models to be commensurate with the Paris Agreement by aligning their portfolio, and identifying financing opportunities for low carbon technologies.

Prior to his work in climate risk, Jheryl focused on regulatory affairs, leading a number of regulatory transformation projects at large banks in areas such as stress testing, capital adequacy, conduct risk, and regulatory reporting. The team at CURE were delighted when he joined CURE UK as a Trustee in 2021.

A smartly dressed young man.

Timothy Perkin


Tim is a sustainability consultant at Kumi, where he specialises in responsible sourcing. He advises companies on how to identify and manage human rights and environmental risks in global supply chains. His clients are predominantly consumer brands operating in mineral, agricultural, textile and medical supply chains.

Prior to working at Kumi he worked at a foreign aid consultancy and also lived in Malawi for six months, supporting a charity’s projects in HIV/AIDS, water and sanitation and agriculture. Tim has a Masters in Economic Anthropology and a BA in Anthropology, both from the University of Sussex, where he particularly focused on issues in the global south.

In his spare time, Tim enjoys swimming, playing the piano, involvement in amateur dramatics, and is up-to-date on London’s West End.

CURE UK Policies

CURE UK is committed to putting the children whom we serve at the centre of what we do. In order to do this in the best possible way, CURE UK has developed the following policies:

CURE UK – Equal Opportunities Policy May 2013
CURE UK – Data Protection Policy 2013
CURE UK – CURE UK – Child Protection Policy 2019
CURE UK-  Global Child Protection Policy 2018
CURE UK – CURE International UK Complaints Policy May 2017
CURE UK – CURE International UK Whistle Blowing Policy May 2017
CURE UK – CURE International UK Anti Fraud Policy May 2017
CURE UK – CURE International UK Vulnerable Persons Policy